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Best kept secret ready for spring By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan @leaderpub.com

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E N T O N HARBOR—Most everyone is looking forward to the day when this spring’s unseasonably low temperatures come to end, and Bob Kish is no exception. Owner of the Hidden Pointe Fun Park, Kish has been trying to find sunny days to work on the park, hoping to get it open for the public on a regular basis. “This spring — I can’t believe it. I’ve opened in March before — always by April 1,” said Kish. “This spring has not been good for us.” However, as of now, Hidden Pointe’s spring hours are officially in effect. “It’s Friday afternoons, and all day Saturday and Sunday,” Kish said. “And, if somebody wants to come hit in the batting cage during the week, people can call my cell number. If it’s nice out, I’d be more than happy to open up the batting cages for them.” Kish’s cell phone number can be obtained by calling the Hidden Pointe Fun Park Event Center at (269) 926-1358. Their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/HiddenPointe, is the best place to check for changes in hours and other promotions. They also have a website at www.hiddenpointe.net. At the end of May, Kish will change over to summer hours. “Typically, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, I’m open seven days a week. Monday through Saturday, we’re open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.” Once summer comes, mini golf will be the main attraction, with Kish’s stateof-the-art go-kart track coming in a close second. For now, the batting cages are getting the most use. “We have a fairly large batting cage, and we offer both softball and baseball. We have quite a few different speeds available,” Kish said. “I have a batting token special that I run all year long, so if you buy 10 tokens, you get three free,” Kish explained. “I have a lot of people who buy the $10 deal and keep the tokens in the car, and then before a game, their son will jump

Hidden Pointe Fun Park offers lots of activities for families to enjoy, including miniature golf, a batting cage and a gokart track. Submitted photos

out, drop a few tokens and take a few cuts before he goes to the game.” With a professional builder’s license and 25 years of experience, Kish has built nearly the entire fun park with his own two hands, including the go-kart track. “I did everything out

here myself—poured the concrete, did all the welding. It’s nearly a quartermile long,” Kish said. “I had a few friends help, especially my best friend. I built the building myself.” Kish also fixed up the clubhouse when he bought the property. Now, visitors can purchase hand-dipped ice cream, candy and smoothies there. About four years ago, Kish expanded the property to cover eight acres at 1062 Nickerson Ave., purchasing and revamping the building that now houses the Hidden Pointe Event Center.

Open year round, the event center serves as a location for various business meetings on weekdays, and as a dance hall and live music venue on several evenings each week. “On Wednesdays, we have a 1950s-60s dance, plus requests, and that starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, and it goes until 10 p.m.,” Kish said. “We have an ‘open jam’ every Thursday night, and then on Sunday nights, we have a line dance here. It goes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a linedance instructor, and then it

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goes to regular dance music from 7:30 to 10 p.m.” Live bands play on some Friday and Saturday nights as well, and Kish also rents out the hall for wedding receptions. “We have a full bar with just about anything you’d want to drink as far as alcohol. We have quite a few different beers on tap, including Bell’s and Round Barn,” Kish said. Kish’s plans for the future include adding a beer

garden onto the event center and doing more work to the arcade room at the fun park. “I want to just keep expanding. Eventually, I’d like to have an venue for outdoor concerts and a fenced-in beer garden where people can go outside and have a beer,” Kish said. “I keep reinvesting and trying to make improvements. It’s been a lot of baby steps to get here, and there’s more to get where I want to be.” Those baby steps have enabled Kish and his wife Sibyl to continue providing a fun place for their kids to spend time—even as they have grown up. “I started it because I just didn’t think there were that many fun things for people to do in this area. So with four kids, I thought I’d start a fun park with a batting cage, go-karts, and a golf course.” Now, even though Kish spends a lot of time running the event center and working on the fun park, he is still able to spend quality time with his family. “My kids are real involved in music,” Kish said. “It’s kinda neat that we have this because we all spend time together every week.” For guests, Hidden Pointe can also be a great place to spend some quality time with friends and family. Whether it’s just a quick afternoon getaway with the kids to have some outdoor fun, a birthday party — for which Kish has some discount programs — or an evening of dancing and listening to good music, Hidden Pointe has it covered.

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SPOTLIGHT

World champ to 'escape' By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan @leaderpub.com

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HREE OAKS— Whatever you do, don’t call Mario Manzini’s daring, Houdini-style feats “tricks.” “They are not ‘tricks.’ They are escapes. What I do is not an illusion. What I do is real,” explained Manzini, who will be performing at The Acorn Theater at 7 p.m. May 14. “If they were tricks, they would always work out right, but I’ve had to be rescued a couple of times when things went wrong!” Billed as “The Guinness World Champion Escapologist,” Manzini found his calling at the age of 4, when he first saw a film about Harry Houdini on television. “I was watching TV on Halloween — that was the anniversary of Houdini’s death. I remember the film clips of him — the different escape acts he did — and I said, ‘Boy, I’ve gotta do this!’ Manzini recalled. While many people have seen the old films of Houdini escaping from seemingly impossible situations, few ever go on to attempt those feats. Manzini, however, was compelled to follow in Harry Houdini’s famous footsteps. “There was something about the way Houdini held himself, his charisma,” Manzini said. “He was so confident when he

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Mario Manzini plans to escape from several pairs of handcuffs and prison shackles during his show at The Acorn Theater.

had the police lock him up. I said, ‘Boy, this is what I want to do!’” Despite opposition from his father, the Bronx-born Manzini could not be dissuaded, and he began having his friends tie him up with ropes from which he would then escape. Even while studying to become an electrician, he did not give up his dream to emulate Houdini. “I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. I would always carry around rope with me, and my friends would tie me up really good. The kids and teachers at school would tie me up, too, and I would always escape,” Mario said. Even when a friend’s father, a New York City

policeman, handcuffed Mario’s hands behind his back, the boy managed to escape immediately. Manzini finally broke into show business at the age of 16, landing a job among sword-swallowers and fire-eaters at New York City’s famous Hubert’s Museum and Flea Circus. This was, in fact, the same place Houdini had gotten his start at the age of 18. “Later, I was hired by RKO and then Loew’s theaters, and I played all of their venues in the New York area for about three years. I also worked for the Ringling BrothersBarnum & Bailey Circus for about seven years,” Manzini said. “But, those were very short acts, and I wanted to do whole

shows, so I struck out on my own.” Now, Manzini averages between 125 and 200 shows in the United States and Canada every year. He has also performed in Japan, Australia and England, as well as having been featured on a number of television shows, including the 1980’s hit show, “That’s Incredible!” Manzini’s wife and assistant, Victoria Roze, will open the 90-minute show at The Acorn with her electric violin act. Then, Manzini’s act will feature three escapes that he modeled after ones he saw Houdini perform in the documentary he watched at the age of 4. “The three things I remember watching him do were when he was handcuffed by the police, and he jumped off a bridge and escaped under water,” Manzini recalled. “The second was when he was locked in handcuffs, put in a box, and the lid was nailed shut, and he was thrown in a river. The third was when he was hung upside down in a straightjacket and escaped from that.” Rather than jumping in a river, Manzini will be locked in a large milk can full of water. Audience members will also be given the chance to participate in Manzini’s upcoming show. “I’ll have four volunteers—four adults—come up on stage and tie me up and put handcuffs on me. Then, I’ll walk through

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the aisles and have the kids examine the ropes,” Manzini said. “They can tie more knots in the ropes if they want to. That gets the kids involved.” Volunteers, including any local police officers in attendance, will also have the opportunity to lock Manzini in six to eight pairs of handcuffs and prison shackles. He will then be placed in a U.S. Mail bag and attempt to escape from that in front of the audience. If you are looking for a midweek escape for yourself, tickets for Manzini’s show are available by calling The Acorn at (269) 756-3879 or by visiting www.acorntheater.com. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 18

and younger. “I’ve been doing the show for many years, and so far, everybody loves it,” Manzini said.

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ERRIEN SPRINGS — A fabulous view, a historical setting and an incredible playground make Berrien Springs’ Grove Park a perfect place to spend a sunny spring day beside the St. Joe. Situated on the bluff overlooking Lake Chapin, the park is well-known among village residents. However, with its location at the end of South Main St.—well off the main drag—residents of nearby towns may not realize what a lovely spot it is. Park benches have been placed along the bluff overlooking the lake, created when the St. Joseph River was dammed in the early 1900s. The old bridge pilings from the Interurban Railway can still be seen

poking out of the water. “It is a very well-used park,” said Milt Richter, Berrien Springs’ village president. “It’s known as ‘Grove Park’ around town, but it’s called ‘Wolf’s Prairie Park’ on some maps.” According to Robert Myers, curator at the Berrien County Historical Association and author of the book “Greetings from Berrien Springs,” the park was purchased by the village in 1881, and its various names originated in different eras of the history of that particular patch of land. “It’s better known as ‘Grove Park’ nowadays. Lyman Barnard, the town physician, used to potter around down there quite a bit in the later 19th century,” Myers explained. “So, people started calling it Barnard’s Grove.” The park’s other name, “Wolf’s Prairie,” dates back

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Berrien Springs’ Grove Park offers a beautiful view of Lake Chapin as well as a large play structure where kids can enjoy the warmer temperatures. to an even earlier time when the land was the site of a Potawatomi village led by Big Wolf. “It was a popular Indian campsite both in the prehistoric times and in the 19th Century,” Myers said. “In the early and mid-19th Century, the prairie land there was a popular picnic area among the Native Americans. People used to call it ‘The Indian Fields.’” “People still find Indian relics there occasionally,” Richter noted, “but it’s pretty rare these days to find anything like that.” In fact, a marker placed in the park during the 1960s notes that the land was used as an Indian burial ground at one time. “The marker says that Indian bones have been found there. That’s probably correct, “ Myers said. “I’ve run across mention of burials taking place there.” However, Myers disputes another claim made on that same marker—that being that the French had built a fort there at one time. “There was never a fort there. In the late 1820s, a lot of surveys were done when the U.S. purchased the land from the Potawatomies, and the sur-

veyors would take notes of what was found in each section,” Myers explained. “One wrote that he could see the remains of the old French fort on that location. I’m not sure what old buildings he might have seen, but there was not a fort there, and there is no evidence of a trading post or a mission having been there either,” Myers said. Despite the discrepancies regarding its name and what was located there in the past, visitors today will encounter a scenic spot with a large, castle-like play structure that children find enchanting. “The play structure was built about 5 or 6 years ago with donations from village members,” Richter said. “The park also has restroom facilities, trash facilities, a pavilion and a gazebo.” In fact, the spot is so picturesque, that a number of weddings have been held there, and it is a popular spot for birthday parties, too. “If you are a village resident, you can rent the facilities for free, and if you are not a resident, it is only a small fee,” Richter said. “People can call the Village offices at (269) 473-6921 if they want to rent it out.”


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ON DISPLAY

Treat mom to day of fashion fun By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan @leaderpub.com

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A U G AT U C K — I f your mom is the type of woman who loves fashion, then treating her to a trip up to Saugatuck might just the best present you could give her this Mother’s Day weekend. From May 8 through May 11, the SaugatuckDouglas area will be transformed into a fashion mecca, with four uniquely-themed fashion shows taking place at various venues. “We see this as an opportunity for several generations of family members to get together for Mother’s Day,” said Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Co-sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the SaugatuckDouglas Area Business Association (SABA), “A Taste of Fashion” will present event-goers with the opportunity to view works

of art alongside the new lines of spring and summer apparel and accessories that are available at shops and boutiques in the area. “I can just see mothers and daughters having a really good time at this event,” Fairchild said. “And, we have lots of other great activities for fathers who may not find a fashion show that interesting. For example, the dads could go over to the Saugatuck Brewing Company and brew their own beer there.” “Each of the shows will be set up a little differently, said Courtney Burnham, owner of the Ship-N-Shore Hotel and a board member of the CVB. “At each one,

we’ll have food and a cash bar available.” Burnham, a fashion-lover herself, came up with the idea for the four-day event. “I got the idea because I was thinking of Fashion Week, and I thought we could do something along those lines,” Burnham explained. “Instead of making a whole week out of it, we decided to focus on doing just a few shows this year. We hope that the event grows in the future.” The events will kick off on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. with a show called “Throwback Thursday” at Wick’s Park Bar & Grille. “That show will feature clothes from the decades of

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the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s,” Burnham said. “We’ll have fashions from Chantal Fashion Apparel, as well as from Del Sol, Glik’s, LandSharks, Laura Jean and Saugatuck Drug.” Friday evening’s show will take place at Zing Eat/ Drink beginning at 6 p.m. Featuring classic fashion trends, the runway-style show will present models wearing evening dress, cocktail party wear, and club wear from Allé Rue, Chantal Fashion Apparel, Grins, LandSharks, Laura Jean and Saugatuck Traders. “Some of the models will be featuring pieces from Thomas Green,” Burnham said. “He has gorgeous jewelry. He sells everything gift-wise—clothing, jewelry, unique gifts items, and so forth.” From Friday’s focus of classic eveningwear fashions, Saturday afternoon’s event will shift attention to a “Beach Party” theme at the Ship-N-Shore Hotel. “There will be clothing for pets, children and adults—everything you’d need for the whole family

for beach attire,” Burnham said. “There will also be beach equipment and supplies from Shaka Surf—the paddle board company— and Just Add Water.” Participating merchants also include Art & Angels, Del Sol, Fresh Produce, Glik’s, Grins, LandSharks, Laura Jean, Saugatuck Drug Store and Saugatuck Traders. Groovy Paws will be supplying pet fashions. The final event, which is scheduled to take place at the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being billed as “Wearable Wonders and Spectacular Works of Art.” “While the others are runway-style shows, the event on Sunday is structured a little bit differently. It will be set up like an open house,” Burnham said. “Again, there will be food and a cash bar, but this will be more of an accessories show. It will present the art of fashion, and there will be jewelry, handbags and also a gallery with pieces of art on display.” If event-goers see something that catches their eye,

maps with the locations for the participating shops and boutiques will be available at all of the shows. “You can literally walk to every store that is participating,” Burnham said. “Store owners will also be there to answer questions about the featured merchandise.” Additionally, guests will receive entry into a raffle for the chance to win weekend getaway packages that include free lodging and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops. More information about Saugatuck’s weekend of fashion is available at www.saugatuck. com/TasteOfFashion.html. Individual fashion show tickets are $15 each, and “A Taste of Fashion” weekend pass, good for all the shows, can be purchased for $50 by contacting the CVB at (269) 857-1701 or at staff@saugatuck.com. Tickets for the shows will also be available at the door of each event. “We’re hoping it’s going to be a great event, and people should come down and check out what we’ve got here,” Burnham said. “Come get your fashion on!”


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Party food for vegans

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’ve recently been invited to several parties where the spread was almost entirely vegan. This is such a breakthrough for my social circle, I can’t help but be supremely excited. Many people struggle with how to prepare vegan or even vegetarian party food. That’s one reason I’m always so adamant about sharing my favorite entertaining recipes. One of my favorite recipes to share with people

looking for a simple, crowd pleasing vegan party supplement are variations of my cashew pesto spread. I learned how to use cashews to make rich, satisfying spreads years ago after taking a raw cooking class at The French Market in Chicago. You can buy raw cashews in bulk at most health food stores. Simply soak them in water for a minimum of 30 minutes, then use the plump nuts to create cream sauces,

Tuscan Sundried Tomato Pesto

dips, and cheeses without the heavy feeling of dairy based alternatives. Search my article archive at offthewater.com or visit katshotcakes.com for lots of recipe variations using raw cashews as a base. The cashew spread I’m sharing with you this week is a Tuscan inspired sundried tomato pesto. You can spread it on crostini, dip crudite, or serve a scoop of it on the side of a dinner buffet plate. In this recipe, I use Batti Becco seasoning salt, which

is one of my essential pantry ingredients. It’s a really lovely Italian seasoning salt available at Caffe Tosi in downtown St. Joseph. I worked there through much of my teens and 20s, so their recipes still inspire me. If you don’t live close enough to enjoy the Caffe, try another Italian inspired seasoning salt. Any fancy grocery or deli should have a suitable option. Kat Barry, a St. Joseph, Michigan native, is owner of Kat’s Hot Cakes vegan catering, and co author of

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Yield: about 2 cups pesto dip 1 cup raw cashews soaked for 30 minutes to 1 hour 4 cloves garlic 1 ½ cups sun dried tomatoes-chopped 1 cup Tuscan kale- cut from the stem and chopped ½ teaspoon rubbed sage 1 tablespoon dried onion 1 teaspoon Batti Becco seasoning salt ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ cups fresh basil 1. Drain the water off the cashews. Place cashews, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, kale, sage, dried onion, and seasoning salt in the blow of a food processor fitted with the metal “S” blade. Blend for a couple minutes, stopping frequently to scrape the sides. Slowly add the olive oil. 2. When the mixture starts to become smooth, pulse in the fresh basil, scraping the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula. 3. Transfer to a bowl and serve. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

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'Best of Hagdom' featured at Box Factory SUBMITTED In their first Box Factory performance, the Winsome Hags will present the “Best of Hagdom” at 7:30 p.m. May 10. The Riversong Music Societysponsored concert will include stories, original songs, Irish and American folk with tight three part vocal harmonies. The Winsome Hags is a group made up of Randi Pickley, Ruth Andrews and Bev Smith. From the very young to the very old, any one adventurous enough will be enchanted by this trio's performance. Tickets, available online with PayPal at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org/calendar/#winsome or at the door, are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free. Randi Pickley is a music educator at Southwestern Michigan College and director of music for the United Presbyterian Church in Cassopolis. Her love of folk music began as a classical violinist at Interlochen's summer music camp. She borrowed a guitar from a fellow camper and taught herself to play the instrument. Pickley has been playing and singing ever since. Ruth Andrews began her artistic career as a filmmaker. In 1974,

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OUTH BEND—It may not be as big or as well known as South by Southwest — the annual music festival held in Austin, Texas — but if organizer Dena Woods has her way, the South by South Bend Music Festival will someday be just as big. “Our city is just poised to become a great cultural center,” Woods said. “It’s perfectly geographically located as a stopping point between Chicago and other Midwest towns where bands come to play. That’s why this festival is what it is.” In only its second year, the festival, which is slated to take place from May 8 through May 11, has already doubled in size. “From last year, we’ve doubled the number of days as well as the number of acts, and we’ve doubled the number of venues, so we’re expecting double the number of visitors to the different shows we have going on,” Woods said. The festival grew out of a collaboration between Woods and her former roommate, Gus Bennett. “We were living in a place known as ‘The Pool,’ and we started hosting live bands. It grew into a lot larger community event, so we decided to have a twoday festival at multiple venues,” Woods recalled. “Now, I’m running the show with a group of Notre Dame undergraduates called ‘The Bridge Project.’ Their goal is to educate undergrads at all the local colleges about the events and businesses that are available to them in South Bend,” Woods explained. “We’re trying to get them

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off campus so they can have a very full and rich college experience while they’re here in South Bend.” Over the next four days, 60 bands — both local and regional — will be playing at 15 different venues around South Bend. “This year, we’re featuring some of the different neighborhoods around South Bend — like the River Park neighborhood and the Near Northwest neighborhood,” Woods said. “We’re trying to expose people to the different venues in those neighborhoods—places they may not realize have really great live music.” Venues in downtown South Bend, like the State Theater and the South Bend Chocolate Company to name just two, will also host shows during the festival. “I’ve tried to keep it as varied as possible,” Woods said of the line-up. “There will be a jazz and soul stage

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as well as a rock and country stage and an acoustic showcase, too. We’ll also have some of the louder bands playing at the South Bend Drum Company. It will definitely be an array of different kinds of music.” The festival will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday with performances at The Music Village and The Exchange Whiskey Bar. A special downtown celebration kickoff is also planned for that evening with a “go go parade” sponsored by main stage performers, Von Strantz & Friends, beginning at the State Theater at 6:30 p.m. “We’re hoping to have a really good turn-out on Thursday, May 9,” Woods said. “We’ll have shows starting at 5 p.m. and going until midnight.” Friday’s program will showcase the Near Northwest neighborhood and the East Bank Village with five-band line-ups at the South Bend Drum Co. &

Music Exchange and at Suite 11 at the East Bank Emporium. “On Saturday night, we’ll have a big, main stage show at the State Theater,” Woods said. Doors for that show will open at 5 p.m., and eight bands will play, with the last of them, Rutabaga, taking the stage at 10:30 p.m. Finally, Sunday will see the South Bend Renaissance Celebration hosted by Suite 11 at The East Bank Emporium. Doors for that four-band show will open at 5 p.m. While it may seem like tickets to such a fullypacked festival would be expensive, they are actually quite affordable, with day passes priced at $5. Weekend passes, which include a T-shirt, are $25. They can be purchased at https://southbysouthbend.eventbrite. com and picked up at Suite 11 at The East Bank Emporium, located at 122 S. Niles in South Bend. A variety of wristband specials make the deal even sweeter. More information, including the complete lineup and list of venues, is available at www. SouthBySouthBend.com and on Facebook at www. f a c e b o o k . c o m / SouthBySouthBend. In addition, ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to The Refugee Resettlement Program of the St. Joseph County Branch of The American Red Cross.  While Woods herself is a musician, as well as a music promoter, she will not be playing any shows during the festival. “I’ll be running around making sure things are going smoothly,” Woods said. “This is my chance to put something together to bless the musicians in this town.”

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May 9

Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild Live” at LMC Mendel Center. Tickets are $28, $32, $34 & $38. Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-1221 or www.lmcmainstage.org. 7:30 p.m.

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS) students at Brown Mackie College are celebrating OT Month by hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to showcase the Occupational Therapy profession; one that is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. To learn more about this program, please visit http:// www.brownmackie.edu/ south-bend.aspx.

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Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services (CASBS) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a free workshop on Small Business Administration funding available to existing businesses looking to expand or entrepreneurs looking to start their own business from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main Street, Niles. May 9-11

Barn Swallow Theater hosts “Old Time Radio Show” directed by Randi Pickley. May 10

A Parents Without Partners dance will be held at ZB Falcon’s Hall at the corner of Western and Sheridan Roads in South Bend, Ind. from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds will benefit members’ children and grandchildren. Admission is $7 per person. Call (574) 256-9326 for details.

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The Box Factory will host a workshop titled “Writing the 10-minute Play.” Participants will learn the fundamentals of play writing in a fun, interactive session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Actual play writing assignments will be given to help the beginner or veteran play wright prepare a script for the play writing competition to be held on May 16 - July 1, 2014.

Pokagon United Methodist Church is sponsoring a flea market selling crafts, used treasures and bake sale items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All funds raised will be used to send children to Crystal Springs Camp this summer. The sale will be located on the corner of M51 and Crystal Springs St. in Dowagiac.

WHAT'S HAPPENING? admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free. May 10

Help protect our forested dunes and beautiful, abundant wildflower populations along Lake Michigan. Volunteers should dress for walking in the woods (sturdy shoes) as they will be going off trail to find this unwanted invader. Meet at the first park/picnic area west of the park entrance booth. When entering the park, travel towards the beach; the picnic area will be the first roadside picnic area on the left (south) side.

Potawatomi Zoo is hosting a birthday party for Flash and Ivory, the zoo’s two tigers, on May 10. Flash and Ivory will both be turning 18 this week and to celebrate this milestone birthday the zoo will have two special presents for the tigers. On May 10 at 10:30 a.m. Flash will receive his birthday present and treats which will follow with a Keeper Talk. Ivory will receive her birthday present and treats at Noon followed by a Keeper Talk. For more information on Potawatomi Zoo please call 574-235-9800 or visit www.potawatomizoo.org. May 11

Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries will host a “Free Store Fundraiser” from 7 to 11 a.m. at 16196 Hodgson Rd. in Vandalia. The Free Store works like a thrift store, except that everything is free. There is no eligibility requirement to shop; all are welcome and all are encouraged to come check us out. Monetary donations are welcome, but not required. Items include lots of knick-knacks, stuffed animals, women’s clothes size 14 and up and various household items/ furniture.

In their first Box Factory performance, the Winsome Hags will present the “best of Hagdom” at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Box Factory for the Arts. Tickets, available online with PayPal at www.boxfactoryforthearts. org/calendar/#winsome or at the door, are $10 general

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A new inspirational stage play by Shywanee “Shyfox” Manson, Chicago poet, author, screenwriter, playwright, producer and ghostwriter, will have one performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, Ind., at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11, 2014. Tickets are on sale now for $42.50 at the Morris Box Office, by phone at (574) 235-9190 or 800-537-6415, or online at www.MorrisCenter.org.

The Twin City Junior Players (TCjP) will hold auditions for its final main stage production of the season. Auditions for the July production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 and at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 12. Participants are asked to prepare a oneminute monologue and will be asked to participate in

readings from the script. There will be a $35 participation fee, which includes a t-shirt for each student.

The Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra (LMYO) will conclude its 2013/2014 season with their annual spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Howard Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Andrews University. May 16

The Buchanan Art Center is hosting a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The one-day trip is open to anyone, but BAC and Fernwood members receive a discounted member rate. A Royal Excursion 29-passenger bus has been reserved, and the day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at approximately 9 p.m. when the bus returns to Buchanan. Trip prices: $76 BAC/ Fernwood* member; $95 nonmember. Includes bus, entrance ticket and driver tip. Sign up in person at the Buchanan Art Center, 117 W. Front St., Buchanan MI 49107 or by credit card by calling 269-697-4005.

Southwestern Michigan College and the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Orchard Hills Country Club’s Annual Spring Golf Scramble. The outing will have a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m. Call (269) 695-3291 for more information or to register. May 16-17

All Michiana area painters age 18 and over are welcome to enter two-dimensional works of art for possible entry in the 5th Annual DeFries Gardens Juried Art Show, to be held June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Preserve County Park in New Paris, Ind. Artists may submit up to three entries each. The entry fee is $10.00 per entry. Submitted art must be properly framed for display and the size must not exceed 40 inches in either direction including framing. The art must be delivered to the Goshen Painters’ Guild on Friday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. or Saturday May 17,

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Barn Swallow Theater hosts “Old Time Radio Show” directed by Randi Pickley.

Doug Fordyce’s Kids On Stage will present “The Adventure of the Clutching Claw” at the Kids On Stage theatre located at The Orchards Mall. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18. All tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All seating is reserved with limited tickets available at the box office. Tickets may be purchased at www.dougskidsonstage. com or by calling (269) 313-2796. May 17

Chemical Bank will host its second annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival from noon to 8 p.m. at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph, Mich. Featured artists will be Slim Gypsy Baggage, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Greensky Bluegrass and Mountain Heart. Visit visit stjoetoday.com, or facebook.com/stjoetoday or call 269-985-1111 for more information.

The Niles Garden Club, in conjunction with the Four Flags Garden Club will hold a Spring Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon rain or shine at Riverfront Park in downtown Niles, corner of Main and Front streets. Prices will range from $2 for 4” pots, with gallon pots at $4 or 3 for $10. Some prices may vary. Plant related decorator items will be available for purchase as well.

The father/daughter music duo of San and Emily Slomovits will perform together on the Box Factory for the Arts stage on May 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets, available online with PayPal at www.boxfactoryforthearts. org/calendar/#slomovits or at the door, are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free.

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Perennials, bushes, trees, and native grasses will be available at the River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale at the Harbert Community Park. The Club’s seventh annual plant and bake sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Michigan time) at the park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center. Each year members dig up a wide variety from their own gardens. Plants start at $2. Gardening books, magazines and homemade baked goods will also be available. May 18

Billy Shelton and FourEver, a vocal group from the Chicago/Gary area will sing a variety of R & B, Gospel and Doo Wop songs at The Old Rugged Cross Church, 61041 Vermont St., Pokagon, Mich. Support the group’s music ministry from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church.


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On parade Leader photos/JILL McCAUGHAN

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor played host to floats and bands hailing from communities across southwest Michigan during the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade on May 3.

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